President’s Report

Why are You Not a Member?

Top 10 Reasons Why You May Not Be a Member of the SRCA

10. I thought getting the Newsletter meant I was a member.

9. I thought HOA fees paid for my SRCA membership.

8. $40 a year is too much to continue great community activities.

7. Okay, I’ve been busy and it slipped my mind.

6. Hmmm, I must have missed that request.

5. Wait, I thought I already contributed.

4. I thought membership was funded by property taxes or the maintenance assessment.

3. I was waiting for the Most Interesting Man in the World to recommend it.

2. I didn’t know the SRCA pays $11,000 to put on the 4th of July Parade.

1. What’s the SRCA?

If you are a member of the SRCA in 2013, we thank you! Our 2014 Membership Drive kicks off on January 1, and we would love to have your support. We are planning for another year of fantastic community activities and advocacy, as well as new programs that you will find relevant to your life in Scripps Ranch. Together, we can continue to embody the motto Scripps Ranch Strong!

Leading the Way

It is safe to say that no other community group in San Diego takes a leadership role like the SRCA. We are the only town council that communicates not only with our residents but from them to our city leaders, especially about development proposals before they are decided on by the City Council. Have you taken the online survey about the Carroll Canyon “big box” retail development proposal? Find the link at []. Also, check out the articles on pages 19 and 21.

Parks Damaged

Park vandalism and theft costs not only the city but each of us. We need your help to report suspicious and malicious activities in our parks. Cypress Canyon Park was targeted twice in November. Vandals sprayed graffiti on the restroom walls, damaged the plumbing, and more. The Community Park and StoneBridge Park were hit as well. Police tell us the vandals were likely teenagers.

Prior to these latest incidents we asked the city to evaluate installing surveillance cameras at our parks. Read page 13 for their response.

Cedar Fire Events

Well, we made it through October without a wildfire. We did have two great 2003 Cedar Fire anniversary events. One was the Day of Community service, where 80+ volunteers walked to 7,000 households leaving fire prevention materials.

The other was the 10-year Anniversary Lunch, where 250 people gathered to remember not only the difficult times but find the positives as a result. Thank you to our volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this anniversary a remarkable one. Together, we make Scripps Ranch Strong.

Scholarships Awarded

Three Scripps Ranch High School seniors were chosen for the SRCA Bob Dingeman Scholarship. Each worked exceptionally hard not only academically but also becoming well-rounded citizens. Check out page 27 for the recipients.

Stay Informed

To get emails from the SRCA about community activities and alerts, text “SRCA” to 22828.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Aging Successfully in SR Lectures

Bitten by both the travel and the learning bugs? Be a Road Scholar! Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, Road Scholar participants experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking, and more.

When you participate in a Road Scholar program, you not only expand your mind, you are in the company of other people who believe that learning is one of the best parts of life. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning.

Our presenter will be Jill Swim, a Road Scholar volunteer ambassador, who will enlighten us about the Road Scholar programs and inspire us to learn, discover, and travel. We invite you to join us!

Please note that there is no Aging Successfully Lecture in January.


Join us on Friday, Dec. 6, at 4 pm for the Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) club. Arden Moore, a pet expert and pet CPR specialist, will be there.

On Friday, Jan. 3, at 4 pm we will have a pet gift exchange, as well as “out with the 2013 bad behavior” training tips. Both events are at the Scripps Ranch Community Park at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive.

Other Activities

There is no Senior Living Tour in December. Please check the January SRCA Newsletter for details about the next tour.

For information about our other regular activities, see the calendar at right.


We offer special thanks to our sponsors who support us throughout the year:

  • Front Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician

Holiday Potluck and Recycled Gift Exchange

  • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 pm
  • Home of Russ and Lynn Owens
  • 10761 Brookview Lane

Bring a main dish, side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share. Also, bring a recycled gift—something you want to pass along, something fun for someone else, something homemade or clever. Recycled wrapping is a plus. See how much fun we can have sharing things we already own.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a longtime participant in SSR or if you’ve never even met us. Each year we meet some great people for the first time. Please RSVP to [[email protected]] or 566-7717, and tell us what food you’ll bring.

Speaking of recycling, did you know you can repurpose your holiday cards, as well as any others? Send them to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children—Recycled Card Program, 100 St. Jude’s Street, Boulder City, NV 89005.

People from all over the U.S. send them used greeting cards to resell. The kids run the program, and they earn an income from the cards they resell. This process gives them a sense of accomplishment and establishes a solid work ethic. See more at [].

2014 Waterwise Garden Tour: Call for Entries

We’ve had many requests for another Waterwise Garden Tour, in which we showcase examples of the quality and variety of our Scripps Ranch low-water yards. The tour will take place in April and will include some new features.

For starters, you’re going to help us find this year’s gardens! If there’s one you admire, please let us know. It can be a front, side, or back yard, sloped or flat, hardscaped or not, edible or ornamental, new or established, shared or private—HOAs, public spaces, and commercial properties are eligible. We want to find a good mix of different solutions from our community.

Don’t be shy—you can nominate your own yard. Landscapers and contractors: we’d love to learn about your favorite projects. Go to [] for entry forms, or send us an email at [[email protected]].

P.S. If you’d like to be part of the selection committee, let us know. You’ll view some or all of the proposed properties and help select the properties and route(s).

Be a Waterwise Gardener

  • Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 am–noon
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

The city of San Diego is sponsoring this free, three-hour class here in Scripps Ranch. Space is limited so reserve now; RSVP to 619-533-7548.

Details: Learn six ways to make your garden California friendly via a holistic and waterwise approach to residential gardens. This fast-paced and informative class gets to the root of the problem with most gardens—the soil. You will learn to think about your garden from the soil up.

We live in a unique climate but often try to recreate a landscape that is not sustainable or healthy. The class will cover: soil analysis and types; how to use our limited rainfall, improve the soil, and irrigate efficiently; and, plant choices.

Tip of the Month

Here’s a fun outing for kids, available until Tuesday, Dec. 31: see what’s growing in the New Children’s Museum’s organic garden and create your own plantable seed pot! For details, visit [].